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DUBAI With five academies spread across the UAE, Maxtalent Global could set a perfect example of providing the right foundation for the growth of cricket in the region.

Making a humble beginning in 2006, Max Way Institute for Cricket Training (A project under Maxtalent) has grown in leaps and bounds with a mission to promote cricket at the grassroots level.

"We have always stressed on development of the game since the start," said Maxtalent managing director Sudhakar Shetty.

The institute runs every year from September to June end with July and August focusing completely on summer camps.

All the centres (Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah) conduct the training sessions two days a week (Friday and Saturday) while the summer camps are held for three days a week in the evenings with sufficient number of coaches and support staff.

Maxtalent also hosts the popular inter-school and inter-varsity tournaments every year. "We conduct inter-school tournaments regularly which have gained popularity over the years and are one of the most awaited tournaments every year," said Shetty.

"This provides the students the right match exposure after they have trained hard all year at the nets," he added.

The Institute also has two academies overseas - Qatar and India. "Every year we go to Mumbai in December for the annual Max Talent Global Bisleri Challenge Cup where our boys get to play some of the best academy teams in India.

"We recently tied up with the World Cricket Academy based in Nagpur which will allow our boys to attend the youth development programme held just before the IPL season.

"This is a great opportunity for us since they will get to meet players from the Rajasthan Royals and also other franchises," stressed Shetty adding the boys will be traveling to South Africa this July for another exposure tour. "We will be taking our boys to Johannesburg in July which will be held for nine days. We want to make this programme also an annual affair," Shetty said.

The institute also strives to promote the game among the Emiraitis and have come up with many projects to involve them.

Shetty said: "We want to ensure that a lot of local boys play cricket and take up this sport seriously. We are confident that with the facilities available at the academy we can get more and more locals involved in the game.

"Our aim is to get a combined Emirati school cricket team in one of our tournaments very soon. "We are looking to solve the UAE national team's problem in finding talented young nationals to make up the team."

"We have also tied up with the KHDA and Dubai Education Zone project to take the game to the schools and promote it among the young ones," he noted.

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